It is really difficult to measure from the small (short) end to the short end. I figured out how long I needed it to be from the long end to long end. I temporarily placed my speed square at the place where I needed the crown molding to measure from. I then removed the speed square while holding the crown molding tightly in place and proceeded to saw it. Voila! It worked like a charm.
When you work alone, you find that you don’t have enough hands sometimes. You can see in this picture that I used my other pieces to “hold” the crown molding in place.
When you cut crown molding, you have to make a cut to get the right angle on the correct end. After each cut, I would have to cut a small piece off to get the angle to go in the right direction. I had four of these end pieces laying around and decided to glue them together also. They make a cute little pyramid!
After much trial and error on the router, I decided to make this cut. Which bit? I have no idea. It looks like a roundover bit cut, but it seems to me that whichever bit I use, I get the same look. I spent a great deal of time last week searching on YouTube for videos to help me learn the correct bit/depth, etc. It didn’t help!
So, you can see that I have a 2×8 on the bottom, then the crown molding, (which I adore by the way) then the 2×8 on top with the “oops” crown molding and the cute little extra pieces for the pyramid.
After I got it built and glued, I decided it was too hot to work outside. So, in the house I went. I painted this with an oops red.
I looked for a hook to use in order to hang a sign. While looking for a hook I found a cute little knob. See how small that hole is? (The runs on the crown molding are not from me, they were on the used crown molding I used.)
Another picture with the topper attached. This is a very versatile little guy. On this side you could put your name, or your house number if you put it on your porch. (the knob is on the back side).
Without the topper it could hold a plant or a statue or something of that sort. I have very little money invested in this project. I used 1/2 of a 4×4 I got for .51 cents. I used a small portion of a 2×8 that I also only paid .51 cents for. The crown molding was free, I used a little of a container of .50 cent oops paint and the cute little black knob was in my “hardware” stash. I love practically FREE, don’t you?